5 on Friday: 5 Reasons to Run

RunningI’m not of the long limbed, long haired  running brigade, I’m more of the shorter haired, shorter leg variety, but I do like to run.  Its something I’ve done with varying degrees of intensity for some years now.  I did my first and only marathon at 39 and have done a couple of half marathons since.  With The London Royal Parks half marathon on the horizon in early October, I’ve begun to step up the training  in the last few weeks and reflect on why I run.

  1. It’s the cheapest form of exercise, a pair of trainers, and a good sports bra and a little bit of determination is all you need.
  2. You can do it anywhere, any time, any place. Step outside your front  door and there is your running track.
  3. Running = better physical and mental health.   When I run, I’m more productive, and creative, and I sleep better at night
  4. It challenges me, and anyone who knows me knows I like a challenge
  5. Running isn’t about being thin, it’s about being fit and strong and healthy, but I can’t deny its good for keeping the waistline in check too

If you need any more convincing I highly recommend Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley.  Read this and you will be desperate to pull on a pair of trainers.

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  1. July 15, 2016 / 11:43 am

    I tried running last year and ended up stopping because at the point I could run for about 8 minutes I got really bad lady cramps. No one could really tell me why. It’s a shame because I was enjoying it.

    I may invest in some good trainers and try again. Any tips on the trainers front?

    • July 18, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Good trainers definitely help. I’ve always gone to a specialist running shop where your gait and feet are analysed and matched with the perfect shoes for you. Maybe worth a go. The cramps are annoying, I’ve certainly had them in the past but usually they’ve passed. Maybe worth persevering

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